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2 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course Lesson 19

An Open Letter from the Staff...

The American Heritage Dictionary of
the English Language defines centralism as
“the assignment of power and authority to a
central leadership in an organization.” It goes
on to define centralize as “to bring under a
single, central authority.: As we saw in Lesson
17, this is what men have been doing since the
time of the tower of Babel. Man’s efforts at
government have always resulted in
centralization of power and authority into the
hands of a single despot or a small group of
men. Such was the case of the Judean culture. HOPE OF ISRAEL MINISTRIES
Prior to King Saul, Israel functioned BIBLE
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YEHOVAH God as the ONLY King. With the LESSON 19
advent of human kings, Israel came under
centralized government with power and
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authority concentrated in the hands of the king.
Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH).
Beginning with King Solomon, the
Temple at Jerusalem was set up as the center of
government. Following the Assyrian and EDITOR AND DIRECTOR
John D. Keyser
Babylonian captivities and the destruction of
the Temple, a remnant of exiled Israelites
returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the Temple, TECHNICAL ADVISOR
re-establishing a centralized government. Sean C. Keyser
These Judeans, led by the high priest,
established a national legislative/judicial body YOUR ENROLLMENT has been paid by
known as the Sanhedrin or “council” which others. Bulk copies for distribution not
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leadership of the high priest. _________________________________
When Yeshua the Messiah and
YEHOVAH God return to this earth the About Our Cover...
Temple will once again become the center of
government -- this time WORLD government! While the Temple was the center of the wrong
YEHOVAH God’s Shekinah Glory will dwell sort of centralized government during the
in a new Temple and Yeshua will be High Messiah’s day, it will become the CENTER of
Priest and king. The Kingdom of YEHOVAH YEHOVAH God’s government when He, along
God will eventually encompass the world as with the Messiah, return to this earth and take
peace and prosperity replace Satan’s world of over rulership of the nations!
war and poverty. Pray earnestly for that time.

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